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  • SpaceX rockets are awesome
  • Paris of the Middle East
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Magnets, how do they work?

This is probably what you were expecting, given the title – but too bad because this post is about science and, therefore, way cooler. Welding is a science on its own. Some see it as a mechanical way to connect two existing steel members together while others see it as an art form – and, in many respects, it’s more the latter than the former. Nonetheless, welding steel also means hitting guaranteed…

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Just a few million dollars of steel defying gravity

I was fortunate enough to see the U.S. Air Force perform a free airshow at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. Nothing says “let freedom ring” like the sound of afterburner thrust and watching a few tons of steel rock the skies. To set the mood right for the photo gallery, I highly recommend playing the video at the bottom of this post in the background as you scroll through the…

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SpaceX rockets are awesome

Not only is Elon Musk one of my favorite human beings currently alive on this planet, but his engineers also make some really amazing rockets that, I hope, will help in the journey to send a man to Mars. From landing a rocket on a barge out in sea, to playing with their grasshopper rocket, SpaceX is spearheading the drive for science and discovery. Below are a couple of my…

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Paris of the Middle East

Taking a look at these photos makes it hard to imagine that such a beautiful country endured years of civil war and foreign occupation. Beirut, the “Paris of the Middle East” and capitol of Lebanon, is depicted here during its “Golden Era” (1950’s through early 1970’s) before the country fell into turmoil. Fortunately, things have improved and the country’s biggest problem today (besides housing Syrian refugees) is getting its trash…

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Watch a bridge get built in 4 minutes

The Oakland Bay Bridge, originally built in 1936 by the same general contractor that built the Verrazano Bridge, had one of its spans replaced recently into a cable-stayed bridge. Cable-stayed bridges are becoming a new trend in structural design as more bridge replacement projects (like the new Goethals and Kosciuszko Bridges) are taking on the “fanned” suspension cables over traditional vertical suspensions or trusses that older bridges exhibit. This four…

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Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, speaks during a rally at Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. President Barack Obama's top business ambassador dismissed Trump's call for a wall along the Mexico border, saying the U.S. is focused instead on expanding business with one of its biggest trade partners. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

End of the GOP as we know it

When I reread this post on November 9th, I’ll probably let off a little chuckle as I close my laptop lid and think to myself what a Rand Paul or Bernie Sanders Presidency would have looked like. You can’t seem to find a news outlet this week without seeing Donald Trump’s name advertised in headlines for views or clicks. Listening to the candidates, however, is like hearing a battle cry…

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Burning Bridges

Without question, America’s infrastructure is literally crumbling. But it also needs major investments in new construction. John Oliver delivered this unforgettable piece about where funding for American roads and bridges comes from and why politicians are simply failing to provide enough funding. After the 1950’s and President Eisenhower’s major highway investment programs, much of the country’s infrastructure hasn’t changed. In fact, our speeding laws and speeding limits haven’t changed much (if…

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Why the Steam Controller Replaced My Mouse and Keyboard

If by some miracle you found this article and actually know what a Steam Controller is – congratulations, you’re almost as much of a nerd as I am. If you have no clue what a Steam Controller is, click here. Lots of stupid reviews have been circling the web, like this one and, especially, this one. Tech Radar asks the big question: Is the Steam Controller a better way to play…

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Killing Creativity

If you were to ask me what discouraged me from ever taking engineering or math courses in my freshman year of college, my immediate answer would have been standardized tests. These pinhead methods of assessing my intellectual capacity defined and what I was or wasn’t good at, creating the false narrative of: “I can never be an engineer. I’m just not good at math.” New York State required high school…

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Not Really Politicians: How Republicans are offering something new for a change

Here’s a post you’ll find on this website with virtually zero scientific backing. Instead, it’s full of my unimportant antics about the nationwide circus show that we’ve come to know and love: the Presidential Campaign. How is this at all relevant to building things and creating innovative technology? Well, maybe we can have a Presidential candidate who’s actually done something other than work in politics their entire life. You know……

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Why Social Networks Particularly Suck

You know why the featured image of this post is a garbage truck piling more garbage on a heaping pile of smelly garbage? Because that’s what social media is feeding you today: garbage. There doesn’t need to be another blog post about how social networks have actually made us worse human beings and deteriorated the very fabric that makes us human. Everyone reading this post has already experienced the bullshit…

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Get back to work

There is a work problem in the United States. It’s not that we don’t work enough – Americans, on average, work more hours than any other country does. Rather, it’s our philosophy of work. Not too long ago, I read a book by David Brooks called On Paradise Drive where Brooks, in his witty writing, explains that the average American parent would be appalled if their child didn’t go to…

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What the heck is an Orthotropic Deck and why is it so awesome?

Anyone working in engineering knows that their industry is constantly changing and molding to meet the innovative needs of consumers. In the heavy construction and civil engineering industry, equipment and material move on the demands of safety and cost. The result is usually creative and (sometimes) odd-looking. A fairly new bridge building method requires the use of something called an orthotropic deck. Before you close out of this page thinking, “this…

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How do we measure… stuff?

Mike from Vsauce explains why our brains tend to think in logarithms and why my early 20’s seem like a huge blur. Even more interesting is how he explores the way we perceive size: saving $5 on a $10 purchase seems like a worthy achievement whereas saving $5 on a $2,000 purchase is usually negligible or ignored despite the fact that in both instances, $5 is saved. Our brains are naturally programmed…

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TRAVIC helps you beat Traffic

The University of Freiburg released an incredibly detailed and useful interactive map showing live public transportation. Their web app, TRAVIC (Transit Visualization Client) tracks subway and bus movements from all around the world “based on static schedule data” but also includes real-time data wherever it’s available. You can watch New York City’s subways wiggle along their tracks by clicking the image below and trying TRAVIC out for yourself.

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Civil Engineering Made Easy: Measuring the Damage in Nepal

Date: April 25th, 2015 Magnitude: 7.8M or 8.1M Type: Thrust Dead: 8,452 Injured: 19,009 Aftershocks: 250 as of May 18, 2015 But why was the damage that severe? The New York Times reported that the earthquake “has ignited public alarm that the collapses exposed not only flaky concrete and brittle pillars, but also a system of government enforcement rotted by corruption and indifference.” A lot of the blame was placed…

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Steam’s In-Home Streaming (Problem Solved)

Gabe Newell has built himself quite an empire. Essentially creating a monopoly on computer game (and software) warehousing, Valve’s Steam client is quite possibly the most convenient, user-friendly, and practical way to organize, buy, and save your computer games. From cloud capabilities to (now) in-home streaming, Steam has enhanced the computer gaming experience for nerds and casual players alike. Steam’s newest invention beings games to your not-so-high-end devices. In-Home Streaming makes your…

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Speed Limits and Crashes: Are accidents really decreasing?

Amtrak’s fatal accident in Philadelphia has taken eight lives and left over 200 people injured after the train derailed during a 106mph sharp turn. Transportation vehicles are prone to accidents due to their very nature. Most, if not all, vehicles are made of steel, hurl towards their destinations at high speeds, and rely on complex braking mechanisms to slow their momentum (your brakes don’t stop your car – they just…

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Why do we ask questions?

One of my favorite people on the internet explores why humans ask questions. I ran across this TEDx gem a few days ago and decided to share it on the intertubes.   Michael Stevens, the creator of Vsauce, has a plethora of interesting videos about… everything. Since I’m part engineer and part nerd (aren’t they the same thing?), my favorite video, by far, has been The Science of Awkwardness.

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Stuck Programming?

Ever get lost in some code and then you scroll back up and think, “what the hell did I just write?” Programming can be messy if you aren’t tabbing before a div or adding a semicolon at the end of CSS lines. Luckily, web developers have some handy tools available online that can automatically clean up incoherent HTML markup, JavaScript, or CSS. If you have a file with strictly PHP coding, there’s…

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Quick History of the Verrazano Bridge

Growing up in Brooklyn, I’ve watched the Verrazano Bridge stand tall through every season. Below is a fantastic video depicting the interesting history behind the Verrazano Bridge. My favorite little bit from the video: “Between the summer and the winter, the difference between the height of the deck and the Narrows can change as much as 12 feet.”  

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What is Big Data and why is it actually kind of small?

In the era of Facebook and the all seeing eye of Google, techies and statisticians have made “Big Data” an actual thing. But is Big Data really that big? Or is a lot of this data still… small? First, what exactly is “Big Data”? SAS defines Big Data as “a popular term used to describe the exponential growth and availability of data, both structured and unstructured.” But most of the…

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Coding Logic and the Magic of Threes

How do you get an engineer to think like an administrator? That was a huge challenge I ran into three years ago when I was thinking of the most optimal way to organize blueprints and technical documents for a multimillion dollar project. Engineers right out of school usually spew out the same jargon: “I’m good at math but I can’t spell.” That essentially translates to “I can solve differential equations but…

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